This month a new study came out from Barna Research on Trends on Faith, Work and Calling. There were some surprising facts that came from the study that every church leader should take to heart.
"Among Christians, there is a question: 'What does God want me to do with my life?' According to Barna Group's study, only 40 percent of practicing Christians say they have a clear sense of God's calling on their lives."
Additionally, their research shows "nearly two-thirds of churched adults say it has been at least three years or more since they heard church teachings on work and career, and yet, the workplace is where most Americans spend a the biggest share of their waking hours. However, connecting faith and work is of significant importance to the Christian community," said the study. more >>
British-born ministry 3DM invited various Church leaders in the New England area to join them on a quest to re-imagine discipleship and church culture in America last week.
The group, whose headquarters are now based in Pawley's Island, South Carolina held a Discipleship and Mission Workshop at the Church of Emmanuel in Foxboro, Mass. from Feb. 4-6 that attracted church leaders from all over the northeast region of the U.S.
"We're not getting discipled, we're [learning how to use 3DM's tools]," said Vincent Gressi from Oasis Christian Center in New York City in regards to his experience with the material. "I've been discipled, now I should be discipling someone else. [3DM created tools], not a system [to make this possible]." more >>
You can't do that!
Ever heard those words? I am sure Josiah did when the whole topic of idols in the land came up. What made him think he could rid the land of idols when so many Kings, even good ones like Hezekiah and Asa, could not do it. But in the tradition and spirit of David, Josiah decides the Word comes first over the world and that his leaders will be the ones to heed the Words of God and honor the heart of God. He resolves that idolatry will end under his watch and that this spiritual disease infecting his lands, polluting their worship, and introducing sin will be no more.
His steps are noticeably familiar and worth noting because this a major move of God among his people to create spiritual health in the community of faith. Time to watch some game film and highlight what went right in order for God's leader to overcome all the odds. more >>
Mark Batterson, lead pastor of D.C.-based National Community Church spoke recently about the importance for Christians to live out their faith beyond simply church attendance.
"A church that stays within its four walls is not a church at all…you can't go to church because you are the church…we believe that your job is your pulpit, that your colleagues are your congregation. This isn't about a religious duty each weekend, it's about living out our faith Monday through Friday," said Batterson during last Sunday's sermon.
In talking about the church, the pastor said it should position itself to thrive "in the middle of the marketplace." He also emphasized that the church needs to be the most creative place on earth. more >>
DALLAS – Pastor Greg Laurie announced earlier this week the selection of the host city for Harvest America 2014. Pastor Laurie told The Christian Post on Wednesday that the idea for choosing Dallas as the location for this year's crusade came from pastor John Collins, director of Harvest Crusades.
Laurie, who's friends with many pastors who serve in the Dallas metroplex and has preached there several times over the years, told CP that as soon as Collins pitched the idea, "it just immediately resonated."
"I thought 'what a perfect place.' Because we've been on the West Coast and then the East Coast, and now to be in the Lone Star state – to me, nothing says America better than Dallas, Texas. What an appropriate place to hold an event called harvest America." more >>
Would you characterize your life as one who lives by faith? I believe there are six attributes of a person who lives by faith.
Attribute #1: Do Live by the Word Do you believe perception is reality? Perception is not always reality. You might perceive that a product you buy will do what it says it claims to do, only to discover it falls short. Sometimes we perceive things about God based on our experience versus what the Bible really says. The apostle Paul exhorts us to "live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
God told Joshua to walk around the city 7 times by faith, not by his logic or reasoning. He had to live by the Word from God, not his perception of how illogical the command might have been for he and his troops. The Bible talks about obedience being better than sacrifice. So, live in the Word and obey His Word no matter what the perception is that might not be logical. more >>